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-terrorist official tells the u.s. to focus -- economic targets like banks and stock exchanges. at the same time, developments on the battlefields in afghanistan and pakistan that are linked to the plot, apparently. here are key points. authorities say a german citizen of afghan descent is in custody spelling out the terror plan, like the terror plot in mumbai that killed 164 people two years ago. osama bin laden apparently approved the plan. no word so far if threats were also made against the united states. now, to the war zone in afghanistan and pakistan. nato says an air strike killed a top al qaeda commander in northern afghanistan along its border with pakistan. the u.s. recently increased the number of drone attacks in pakistan, and this may be due in part to information on the terror plot. drone targets in pakistan include taliban and al qaeda forces and militants linked to al qaeda. and the taliban denied claims made by the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus, that the taliban wants, was in contact with afghan government officials about possible peace talks. there'
. so we're trying to focus that anger. >> that's why democratic leaders are using the remaining days before at the election to push 11th hour legislation. >> creating jobs by making it in america, not transferring jobs overseas. >> a series of bills in the house, even one this week requiring american flags to be made in america. now, in the senate, the bill to end some tax breaks for companies expanding overseas and giving new tax incentives to businesses bringing jobs home. >> when a corporation tries to take away someone's job and send it halfway around the world, we have to stop them. >> this bill we'll be voting cloture on on tuesday will do nothing to create jobs here in our country. >> republicans scoff at what they call the latest in a series of desperate last-minute political votes. melman and other democratic strategists are telling their candidates, this -- >> it's a bright line. it won't be enough to change the whole political climate. is it enough to win some seat somewhere? the answer is yes. >> a little bit of a reality check. democratic sources say they know the legisl
? congratulations. you get the book. appreciate it. that's it for us. situation room with wolf blitzer next. >>> new evidence that the man trying to bomb times square in new york city didn't plan to stop there. this hour, we're learning more about the terror threats then and now including a potential plot to attack high-profile targets in europe. >>> also, the california governor's race gets combustible with new allegations leveled by a former housekeeper to republican candidate meg whitman. stand by for the story and brand new polls on some of the hottest political races in the nation. some will surpriseyou. our investigative correspondent will reveal how she was almost punked. political activist tried to create a fake story and embarrass cnn. wait until you hear and see these very strange details. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room". >>> threatened to be the most serious terror attacks since 9/11. now we're learning that he had over targets as well. a potential terror plot in europe that may have been green lighted by osama bin laden himself. let's bring in homeland security correspon
morning. we are on freedom watch this u. morning. >>> u.s. hiker sarah shourd could be heading home within hours after spending more than a year of her life alone in an iranian prison. the question is, of course, if iran will make good on its word. >>> a dangerous situation unfolding in the atlantic ocean, hurricane igor now a category four storm and gaining strength. we've got details on whether the east coast could be in line for a direct hit. >>> uplifting news about jobs out there. we have the sixobs with six-figure salaries that don't require you spend four years of your life hitting the books. >> i don't kno if i know about that story, i want my kids to hit the books. join the live conversation right now. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> new this morning, surveying the damage, victims of the san bruno gas explosions and fires were allowed back into their neighborhoods for the first time this morning. four people are confirmed dead and in all 37 homes were destroyed. california regulators ordering pg&e to insct all gasines in the state. >>> firefighters battling a wildfire outside of b
to come and change washington by the knew candidates is useful. >> reporter: he pointed to a number of recent primaries and establishment candidates were knocked out by conservatives, including christine o'donnell from delaware. grassroots 7, little bit zero. islam has been a big topic for speakers here and bill bennett, host of "morning in america" spoke of terrorist acts made in the name of islam and islamic leaders who have not repudiated the acts. >> we are angry at what the religion has done to itself and to us. this is a righteous anger. we are angry at what leaders of this religion fail to say. >> reporter: activists head back to the districts on sunday and will attempt to turn the energy into votes. julie? >> julie: caroline shivley reporting from washington, thank you so much, gregg. >> gregg: the results of the highly anticipated straw poll are in. 2,000 conservatives voters putting in their two cents worth deciding who should run in 2012. here it is, according to the family research council, congressman mike pence is the winner. come in second, mike huckabee followed by m
. i'm bret baier. supporters of the u.s. military policy against openly gay personnel scores a major victory today. but half a world away, american service members mourn the loss of several u.s. troops in a tragic accident. as a nato helicopter went down in southern afghanistan, making this the deadliest year in almost nine-year war. reporter conor powell has details from from kabul. >> reporter: helicopter crashes are fairly common in afghanistan, most due to mechanical failure and sometimes weather. in the past, taliban hit and brought down u.s. and international helicopters. in this case, the military says there are no reports of enemy fire in the area when the helicopter went down. they're discounting taliban claims they shot down the helicopter. the helicopter went down in an area that was a violent and nasty part of afghanistan where the taliban do roam free and are very, very strong. in addition to the nine u.s. troops killed, three other people including a u.s. civilian were also injured. today's deaths bring the total number of foreign troops killed to 529, a single-year rec
marciano introduces us to these combat weatherman. >>> and the a.m. fix block is up and running as it is every day. join the live conversation, go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> it has been one bruising night on the island of bermuda. igor roared right past the coast overnight, missing direct landfall by just 40 miles. >> it's a large hurricane generating enormous waves. it's pummelling the island with powerful winds, driving rain, trees there are shredded, power lines are down. cnn is your hurricane headquarters, rob marciano is here in new york. first, though, let's go to the scene, reynolds wolf live in elbow beach, bermuda. looks like not a good time there this morning. >> reporter: well, things are improving compared to last night where the brunt of the storm really came just to our west around 11:00 local time through midnight, really the worst of it. this storm, although it did not make a direct hit, you've got to remember that bermuda is a small area. and this storm when you include the outflow is nearly 1,000 miles wide. when you think about bermuda, it's not one island, but 138
. there you go. >>> welcome to "morning joe." great to have you with us. what a day in norm city yesterday. we actually had breakfast with ahmadinejad. you had lunch with warren buffett. i thought it was a bit in politic for you to ask him to come on "morning joe." tell people, you get warren buffett. you're at lunch and what do you say to him? >> he would be more than willing to carve out a three or four-minute segment once a week to just do stock tips. buffett's picks. >> what are you looking at? he's a hungry kid. >> you had breakfast with ahmadinejad. you had lunch with buffett. >> well, he was at the next table. i didn't have lunch with him. >> i had chicken tenders with my daughter. she's three. >> you're better than us, willie. >> that's like every time i'm going around with mika at speeches and she's giving stories. and then we -- i saw yasir arafat and stalin and churchill. >> is that your mika? >> that's all i got. >> your dad ran u.s. foreign policy. my dad ran a little league team in meridian, mississippi. it's fine. willie is snuggaling up to the chicken tenders. >> it's got to be
in the republican party, who is there now to tell her now. that does it for us. the last word with lawrence o'donnell. he interviews vice president biden. hi. >> good to be here for the first show. >> we're all pulling for you. >> i could not have a better lead-in. >> break a leg. >> thanks, rachel. 223 years ago tomorrow, congress sent the constitution to the states for ratification. delaware was the first to ratify and became the first state. since then delaware has stayed politely quiet exerting minimal influence on our politics until the first delawarean was elected in 2008 there by opening a senate seat seriously pursued by a former self-described witch turned true believer on tax cuts. delaware's own joe biden will join me to discuss many things, how democrats can counter republican tax cut rhetoric, tea party extremism and hold onto power in the house and senate. >>> all but certain congress will leave without resolving one of the biggest fights of the fall, whether to extend the bush tack cuts. >> the democratic house and senate in a state of paralysis afraid to vote for tax cuts, afr
on cell phone use be behind the wheel be on the way? we'll take a look at all that stuff this morning and developing right now, nbc news confirmed that nine u.s. troops are dead after a predawn helicopter crash in afghanistan. jong yang is live in kabul. >> that's right, thomas. the taliban quickly made phone calls to news organizations, including nbc news, here in kabul to claim responsibility. to say that they shot this helicopter down. the military says not so. they say there was no reports of, no reports of any enemy fire before the crash, before the helicopter went down. the taliban often exaggerates its role and claims responsibility for things that actually turn out to be accidents and, actually, most helicopter crashes here in afghanistan have turned out to be accidents. maintenance issues, also the dust that fills the air here just grinding up the helicopters and their rotors. this was in zabul province. a province in southeastern afghanistan. an area where the taliban is in control of a lot of the territory. it's next to kandahar province and a name people are more familiar.
. >> that does it for us. thanks for joining us. i'll see you back here tomorrow morning. brooke bad dwin in for tony harry today. >>> the big stories for tuesday, september 21st starting with bp's spilled oil seeping under the beautiful white sand beaches there in florida but apparently nobody's allowed to dig it up. >> i can't build a sand castle. >> what are you digging for? >> i'm digging in the sand. >> are you digging for oil product? >>> we followed his heart-tugging journey for a year. a florida teen set on fire finishing his long and painful burn treatments today. >> it feels good. i'm free. >>> hart today, president obama awards the medal of honor to an air force tech who died on a top secret mission to laos. >> i live it every day. it haunts me. >> and, good morning, everyone. i'm brooke baldwin in for tony harris. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> want to begin this hour with a question for you. what if the gulf oil spill saturated florida's beaches? i'm talking getting deep, deep down in there, but the law wouldn't allow anyone to c
in their neighborhood. what a wonder. it's what made us great. what a country. we can have it again. that's "hardball" for now. right now it's time for "the ed show" with ed schultz. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" tonight from new york. these stories are hitting "my hot buttons" and on the table at this hour. wannabe house speaker john boehner. the wizard behind the pledge to america says the american people aren't ready for solutions. how about that? i'm ready to give him a few words on my mind coming up in a moment. >>> governor chris christie, he's the biggest threat to our nation's schooschools. when he's not yelling at people at town hall meetings and trimming the fat at expense of our teachers, i'm doing my part for nbc's education notion. >>> the false prophet glenn beck is freaking out about dangerous killers coming from the left. his rhetoric is what's dangerous and it needs to stop. >>> this is the story that has me fired up tonight. john boehner has been out in the sun just probably a little bit too long, hasn't he? the tan man is flustered and back pedalling on his
you could be a taliban member and kill american soldiers. the u.s. military is so upset about this that te game has been banned from being sold on most u.s. army bases. the good news, i suppose, is here's a situation in which the united stas could have a decisive victory over the taliban. too bad it's just a game. thanks for joining my program this week. i will see you next week. >>> will this be the day iran finally freeze an america hiker? >>> three days after that deadly explosion in san bro, californ, workers return to their devastating neighborhood. >>> modern-day flavor in the united states. we've have the shocking results of seven-year investigation. you're in the cnn newsroom. i'm fredricka whitfield. we're waiting to see if iran is going to free detained u.s. hiker sarah shourd. shourd is one of three american hikers arrested in iran more than a year ago and accused of spying. late last week, iran announced shourd would be released, then said she wouldn't, but there'sw new hope today. we're filled in on this latest back and forth. as another delay by the iran governme
. and it may have been the lowest of the four elections held since u.s. forces ousted the taliban in 2001. there were also allegations of rampant fraud. >> we have seen ballot stuffing, proxy vote, underage voting, and also multiple voting. the most serious one is the ballot stuffing. our observers have observed in more than-- in around 280 centers in 28 provinces where the ballot stuffing did occur. >> reporter: afghanistan's leading election observation group called today for an independent investigation. also today president karzai spokesmen agreed that the fraud allegations warranted a second look. >> like any other election anywhere in the world this there are complaints there have been irregularities. but we are waiting for the respective organizations to investigate these complaints. and they should be the source of information to the afghan people about the existence of irregularities or fraud. >> reporter: at the same time, the afghan electoral commission criticized observer groups for being too quick to imply the election was tainted. still former foreign minister abdullah abdul
in u.s. history, word tonight the blownout well is finally sealed. back on shore, the american woman jailed in iran more than a year is finally home and declaring her innocence. shourd meeting with reporters earlier today in manhattan. calling for the release of her two companions who remain in prison in iran. the 32-year-old accused of espionage insists she and her friends are not spies. >> my hope is that by learning who we are and how we came to be in this diverse and fascinating region of the world, directly from my lips, it will help clear up any doubt and end shane and josh's detention. >> shourd was freed last tuesday after officials in oman, an ally of course of both iran and the u.s., mediated a $500,000 bail. we don't know who posted that bail and peter doocy in the studio with the latest, hi there, peter. >> after 400 days in iran's prison, sar shourd is back in the united states. she expressed sincere thanks to the religious leaders of iran and no details how she was treated in jail and said at that prison left her spirit bruised, but not broken and fiance and friends wer
of dollars and shazad turned around and used that cash to pay for the vex, for the materials used in that failed bombing attempt and that the money, as investigators have discovered, comes from the pakistan taliban. but nowhere to investigates believe that mohamed unis knew where this money was coming from or what it was going to be used for. if convicted, this charge carries a five year prison term. he did not know about the bomb plot, but he did meet with shazad and provided that money transfer. >> has he been providing money to other people? >> yes. there's at least one other man, a new jersey man who came that same month and was provided thousands of dollars. it is unclear the nature of where that money originated from and the investigation certainly continues into this individual. as you know, there were people in boston and in main and in south jersey that the fbi conducted searches and raids and several people were picked up on immigration charges, but this is the first case where there are clarnlgs related to the money transfer. >> jonathan, thank you. >> thank you. >>> we
, savannah. this was the worst helicopter crash in about four years for u.s. troops. nine troops dead. this happened in zabul province, which is in the south-southeastern section of afghanistan. an area where the taliban controls much of the territory and where coalition forces have been stepping up their attempts to push the taliban out. we are told this crash happened about 4:00 this morning, local time. the military says that there were no reports of enemy fire. that the crash is still under investigation. now, despite the fact that there were no reports of enemy fire, the taliban has called news organizations, including a call here at nbc news in kabul, to claim responsibility for the attack. they say they shot the helicopter down. the taliban often does that, claims responsibility for things that turn out to be accidents. and indeed, most of the helicopter crashes here have turned out to be accidents. maintenance problems, the incredible amount of dust in the air. this is the deadliest year for coalition forces. after today's crash, 525 coalition forces have died this year. 351 o
's out there as well. rob marciano here with us in atlanta in the extreme weather center. it's just a messy one. >> it is, welcome, john. not only do we have all of that happening but right now two tornado warnings out for parts of virginia and north carolina. let's go to the magic wall. kyra tuck county, northeastern parts of north carolina, and matthews county, the pink polygons that you see here these are tornadoes. and both of these cells are moving north at 40 miles an hour. so moving very, very quickly. this saul within a tornado watch that empasses a big swath of real estate across the mid-atlantic until 1:00 this afternoon. so this is -- you know, we have remnants of a tropical system which was only around for a little bit. and we got a tremendous amount of rain. flooding a huge issue. boy, i'll tell you some of the areas that we've already seen flooding in, like wilmington, 7 inches of rainfall. that's just in 24 hours. and that doesn't include, john, the 10 inches that they had two days earlier. they could very well end up with 20 inches of rainfall without a hurricane the
romney and mike huckabee. >> the small elite don't get us. they call us whacky. they call us wing nuts. we call us "we the people." ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: delaware's new republican senate nominee was at home in this crowd of social conservatives. but even as she preached a return to fiscal conservatism, o'donnell's own unorthodox spending habits were starting to come under heavy scrutiny. staffers on her previous campaign for senate and o'donnell's own financial filings reveal that the unemployed o'donnell used campaign funds to pay for meals, gas, bowling trips, and personal rent, even long after the campaign had ended. >> i've never seen a candidate who just stole all their campaign money and used it for personal use. what it seems like here is christine o'donnell had no other way to support herself so she thought, okay, i'll run for u.s. senate. >> reporter: the nonpartisan watchdog group citizens for responsibility and ethics in washington is urging the u.s. attorney in delaware to open a criminal investigation. >> it's not sloppiness, it's out-and-out theft. >> repor
the weekend at camp david but he used his labor day weekend address to talk about the efforts to create jobs and make college more affordable, cut taxes and overhaul the healthcare system. the comments follow more discouraging news from the labor department that the economy shed 54,000 jobs in august. the unespecially employment rate kicked up to 9.6%. >> long before the recession hit, middle class had been taking hard shots. long before the recession, the hard work that built the country had been given short shift. >> the president and the economic team try to reassure americans that better days are ahead, many in the g.o.p. say the obama recovery summer never materialized and it's time to do something new. >> the nation's unemployment rate has now been above 9% for 16 consecutive months. this is despite the fact that the obama administration promised that the trillion-dollar stimulus would keep unemployment below 8%. so the question remains: where are the jobs? >> well, expect more talk about jobs and the middle class from the president soon after a weekend at camp david. he hit the road p
, a scientist who used to work at los alamos national laboratory of trying to help venezuela build a nuclear bomb. the feds also arrested his wife who we're told worked at the same facility. losslos alamos during mexico waa secret hub for secret project to build the united states first atomic bomb. the main job is keeping nuclear arsenal safe, reliable, and secure. prosecutors say the suspect security clearance gave them access to the lab's restricted data. catherine herridge on fox top story live tonight in washington. i understand this was a pretty elaborate sting operation it? >> was, shep, according to the 28 page diviment. the couple and his wife both u.s. citizens were dealing with an undercover fbi agent. they thought they were dealing with a government official from venezuela. they met multiple times beginning in march of 2008 up through july of 2009. at one point the couple provided a 132 page document of restricted data that was information on how to design, manufacture, or use atomic weapons. in return, they asked for nearly hundred thousand dollars, shep. >> shepard: it seems thi
and a world free of nuclear weapons. ahmadinejad also challenged the u.s. to accept that iran is playing a major role in the world. >>> results of afghanistan's weekend election could be delayed for weeks because of a ballot fraud investigation. at least 4 million people voted. that's far below the number of voters in last year's presidential election. a top u.n. official says there are serious concerns about the legitimacy of the voting. afghanistan's president called it a solid step for democracy. >>> and the taliban is behind dozens of attacks to disrupt that election. at least 30 people were killed, most of them civilians. as mike best children were not >> reporter: no one knew his name or age. there was no time for that. army medics were only told the taliban mortared hit village on election day and shrapnel cut into his skull. in a spasm of violence meant to disrupt balloting, insurgents had claimed a victim not old enough to vote. another boy's wounds were less serious but he was in shock and also in need of immediate help. 80 miles away, general steve townsend listened as reports
to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. for the next hour in which we shall celebrate the launch of lawrence o'donnell's new show which is tonight right after this hour. we shall celebrate the arrival of our new desk which inexplicably has something to do with the start of lawrence's new show with you i'm not sure what. i'm very excite body my new desk. we shall also celebrate the return of barack hussein obama. he is back in talking points just in case any republicans previous efforts to convince you he is secretly foreign did not work on you, they're going to give it one more shot. that's all to come over the course of the hour. >>> but we begin tonight by putting a giant asterisk on the well worn political truism that all politics is local. the big decision democrats had to make about this year's elections was whether or not they would try to run this year's elections as a national campaign, whether they were going to try to run as democrats versus republicans or whether they were going to try to block out everything happening at the national level and, instead, hop
for watching us tonight. the tea party vs. the republican establishment. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo once again. last night the tea party flexed its muscles as christine o'donnell in delaware and karl paladino in new york came from far behind to win their respective races. immediately after those victories, left-wing media began viciously attacking both people, pulling up old tape of ms. o'donnell talking about sex and defining mr. paladino as a nut. liberal press put forth that neither could win in the general election. that is what is passing for reporting these days. there is no question that some tea party supported candidates are causing angst against some establishment republicans. karl rove, for example, is not a big fan of ms. o'donnell's. >> there is just a lot of nutty things that she has been saying that doesn't add up to. >> sean: sounds like you don't support her. >> i'm for the republican, but i have got to tell you, we were looking at 8 to 9 seats in the senate. we're now looking at 7 to in my opinion. this is not a race we are able to win. >> he
bowers is in portage, wisconsin to bring us up to date. good morning, cindy. >> reporter: good morning, maggie. this earthen he levee is part of a series of dikes built mostly sand way back in the 1890s. sunday parts began to erode or give way as people in the historic town of portage are seeing the wisconsin river at its highest level since 1938. here in portage, the wisconsin river reached 20.5 feet sunday. that's even higher than the predicted crest, which forecastrs said wouldn't come until later today. 300 residents were asked to evacuate but those who stayed behind were trapped when local highways were shut down. >> they told us that we have -- that we had ten minutes to get out of there because they are blocking off all the roads back there. >> reporter: all this flooding was the result of extraordinarily heavy rains that fell across the upper midwest last week, as much as 10 to 12 inches in some areas. in the western wisconsin town of arcadia, some folks were allowed to return to their homes only to find their belongings water-logged. >> phone calls from a few friends letting m
and recent college graduates. it got us thinking about the promises the president made as he came into office. of course, when he first got into office, very beginning no approval rating until we took one about february of 2009. it showed 76% of americans approved of the job he was doing. and then in february of -- now i should say it is 50% down. some 20 points. down some 20 points. look at this brand new poll of polls. not our poll. this shows that it's down 46%. down to 46%. the president's approval rating. that's not even our poll. take a look at this, though. this is all despite some legislative victories that the president had. health care reform. remember that? although very controversial, financial regulatory overhaul. the stimulus. plus, two supreme court justice confirmations. talking about sonia socieewonia and what is the problem, then? of course, it's the economy and unemployment, as the president heard yesterday. when he got into office, a poll taken around february of 2009. he was at 8.2%. now 9.6% and some think it's going up to 10% unprecedented, very tough for the president
night from all of us here in washington. freedom. hope you have a great night. here is bill. >> >> bill: "the o'reilly factor" is on. tonight. >> we're not in this to come close. we're in this to win. we're in this to win big. >> this is not a race we're going to be able to win. >> bill: controversy breaks out between tea party candidate christine o'donnell and stallworth karl rove. this is fascinating. sarah palin will provide analysis. >> illegals are sneaking across our border. what does harry reid do? he comes out opposed to arizona's tough new immigration law. harry reid, the best friend an illegal alien ever had. >> i'm sharon angle and i approve this message. the woman challenging harry reid in nevada pulls ahead in the latest poll. >> racism is the new -- bring it at me. >> bill: dennis miller is upset about islamophobia and lady gaga. [mooing] >> bill: uh-oh. >> silly clip notes. >> bill: the factor begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. the tea party vs. the republican establishment. that is the subject of this evening's talking point
one more day left of summer. so use it wisely. >> yeah. >> i'm john roberts. >> yeah, more the official start of the fall, although it feels like in much of the country like summer. i'm kiran chetry. we'll have much more on christine o'donnell in a few minutes. >>> nato saying that a chopper went down in southern afghanistan this morning killing nine soldiers. the number of dead in 2010 now to at least 529. the most since the war began nine years ago. >>> the great recession is history. that's the official word from a panel of economists who say it ended more than a year ago. well, you didn't feel it, did you? if it's over, why are so many americans feeling so much pain? we're going to talk with economist jeff saks about that this morning. >>> and the debate continues in the senate on whether to dump the don't ask, don't tell policy. in the meantime, lady gaga is waging her own war against the the military policy banning openly gay service members. she brought her star power to a rally in maine urging lawmakers to repeal it. >> what did she say? that freedom is prime rib of
'll read your-mails during mfrp news you can't use" on "morning joe" which starts right now. >>> i don't think health care is driving this election, david. i think economy is driving this election. people have anxiety about that economy. i'll tell you what -- >> then why did you do health care and spend so much of last year on health care? >> they don't want -- well, you know why we worked on health care? because health care was a huge -- is and was a huge problem in this country. >> yet democrats are not campaigning on it because it's so polically toxic. you said that wouldn't be the case. you said it would get more popular, not less. >> i think that health care overtime is going to become more popular. >>> welcome to "morning joe." happy monday. mika, that's what i keep thinking about myself. >> what this. >> that one day, one day i'm going to get more popular. my mom tells me. >> you're so popular. you're the most popular boy in school. >> no, my mom says i'm not because they're jealous of me. one day, like health care reform -- >> 21st century is only 10% over. >> that's right, tha
to beat him, tea party person, who you brought us. >> i really dmplt christine o'donnell was one of most frequent gets on "politically incorrect" people who don't remember it because they were too young or watching johnny carson. no, i guess gi jay was there. we created anne colter, laura ingraham. i could go on. >> how did you find her? >> we used to become -- i drank a lot in those days. we liked to book female conservatives, you can't not like her. she's such a nice person. we have a great clip that used to be in our highlight reel of ben affleck saying please, christine, shut up. because she would just go on. she was known back there as the girl from salt, saviors alliance for lifting the truth. and i guess that's still the shtick that she's playing. so part of me for sentimental reasons is rooting for christine o'donnell. the other part is rooting her because she's going to get her christian ass kicked in the general election. this is the great thing about the tea baggers and the republican party. a year ago, we were debating whether they were even republican, remember? they were ve
had a busy weekend. thanks for joining us. >> we have to go to headlines right away because if you're following the news over the weekend, you know there's a big storm in bermuda. power out right now across bermuda this morning as hurricane igor pounds this island with heavy rain and high winds. the cat one storm came ashore with furious waves and 75-mile-per-hour winds when it passed about 40 miles to the west. now, it's not expected to hit the united states but could kick up dangerous surf and a little rip current. more than 1,000 people have been evacuated now as dangerous wildfires ripped through the state of utah. at least 300 acres are burning around the town of harriman as firefighters struggled to get it under control, the fire started at a nearby national guard base after an artillery training session. soldiers apparently didn't have the manpower or equipment to quickly put out the flames. iran is now suggesting a prisoner swap with the united states after releasing american hiker sarah shourd, iran wants the u.s. now to free eight iranians expected of smuggling weapons te
't ask, don't tell. he says "this is not a serious exercise. it's a show." luke russert joins us from capitol hill. where do we stand right now on getting the votes just to move the ball forward? >> reporter: all indications right now, contessa, the democrats will not have the necessary republican votes to break the filibuster on the defense reauthorization bill and hence the debite on it will not go forward. it willie happen after the midterm elections. this is something harry reid deeply wanted to move forward. obviously the don't ask, don't tell is something that excites a lot of democrats, definitely fires up you their base. a lot feel it's morally the right thing to do. that being said, republicans don't necessarily have an adversement to repealing don't ask, don't tell. they're averse to doing it in the manner you're talking about. a lot of republicans have the chance of amendments will not be offered in debate. harry reid would be limiting the amount of the amendments, that's what's alienated voters such as susan collins we heard from as well as owe lip pa snowe. it will be int
that provides $725 billion for the pentagon and a pay raise for u.s. troops. the house passed a similar bill in may. the senate has been debating the bill for several hours now. a critical moment came not long ago when ski republican senator susan collins of may announced she would vote against the bill under the current circumstances. >> i think it's the right thing to do. i think it's only fair. but i cannot vote to proceed to this bill under a situation that will shut down the debate and recollude republican amendments. >> nbc's luke russert joins us from capitol hill. we were expecting the vote 2:30 eastern time. we understand that's been pushed back. the big question is do the democrats have the 60 votes needed to end the gop filibuster? >> right now the indications are that democrats do not have the votes to end the gop filibuster. particularly because of susan collins saying she had problems with the parliamentary procedure going on. susan collins of may wanted an open amount of amendments on the floor for this bill. harry reid wanted only three. that's something they have to work out
for us to roar. >> what is happening in washington, d.c. this week is unconscionable. democrats are putting politics over prosperity. >> the president: we need you to stay fired up. >> it is your money so let's find out how they are spending it. let's hold washington, d.c. accountable. >> american people are savvy enough, smart enough they will make the right decision in november. >> they are turning their backs on the american people and ignoring the american people this is no way to run the people's house. >> sean: 34 days from now at this hour, a gop tidal wave could be headed towards our nation's capital. tonight you will hear from ann coulter, j.c. watts, juan williams and more. but first for all you democrats watching we thought we would reveal four-ways you can tell your party is in trouble. forget the polls and predictions. these are under the radar vents. first, you know your party is in trouble when barney frank one of the most powerful democrats in congress is blaming sean hannity for his tough reelection battle. frank accused little old me of targeting him with mostl
, who you brought us. >> i really did. i mean, christine o'donnell was one of our most frequent guests on "politically incorrect." people who may not remember "politically incorrect" because they were too young. we created people like an ingram. we did like to book a lot of female conservatives. they were good press and they were good for the show. we loved christine o'donnell. i still like her. you cannot not like her. she is such a nice person. we have a great clip that used to be in the highlight reel of ben affleck on the show saying please, christine, shut up. she was known back then as the girl from "salt." salt being the savior's alliance for lifting the truth. i guess that's still -- part of me for sentimental reasons is rooting for christine o'donnell because she's going to get her -- kicked. we were debating were whether teabaggers were republicans. a poll came out and blew the lid off of it, okay, they're really republicans. yeah, they're really republicans. >> larry: who should it be democrats or republicans? >> democrats are very happy that people like christine are winnin
kept us from going into a great depression. rahm has been the right arm of the president. >> he's known as a pragmatist, a level-headed guy. why wouldn't you want to be mayor of chicago as opposed to staying in washington. there's so much more political longevity in chicago. you can stay politically active there even after you die so it's a great retirement system. but it's going to be interesting to see who he is replaced with. if he's replaced with an idealog it will move them to the left. if he's replaced with someone of stature, in there but they need another rahm. >> what about -- what is going on behind the scenes at the white house? is there an exodus? david axelrod is leaving to start to run campaign. we've had other high-profile people leaving. summers leaving. what's going on? is this the normal course of events? >> absolutely. >> the average tenure for a senior white house official is 18 months and we're past that 18-month mark already. it's always the case that at two years, people turn around and i think it's good. good for the house. for any white house. i think the presid
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